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Lessons from the bike lane: Pedaling while Periscoping

Above: Moments from my Periscope tour of Philadelphia by bike show Segway riders along the Schuylkill River, the north portal of Philadelphia City Hall and the Rocky statue by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Over the weekend I relived one of my all-time favorite vacations as I watched a woman streaming live video on Periscope while bicycling around Paris. Much to my surprise, her voice was also very clear as she identified landmark after landmark.

So, I decided to try the same thing here in Philadelphia. And I learned a few lessons.

First, I went out and got a waterproof phone case — like this one — and mounted it to my handlebars.

Obviously, it would be tough enough — and probably irresponsible — to try to read incoming messages while riding.

But if you think about the way the phone needs to be installed for the camera to face forward, that leaves the screen pointing back at your seat, rather than up where you can read it anyway.

Understanding that people would log in at different times, I hollered frequent greetings and explained why I couldn’t read all of their messages.

From time to time, I would stop and look at the phone — first to make sure there were still viewers — but also to invite a few questions and respond before resuming my ride.

I took in a lot of our landmarks, including Philadelphia City Hall, the Thinker statue at the Rodin Museum and the Rocky statue by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I still don’t know the maximum duration of a Periscope video, but I kept this one streaming for nearly 45 minutes without interruption.

It did not seem as if many people noticed the gadgetry on my handlebars but I did get a lot of funny looks for narrating the ride out loud by myself.

When I got home, I watched the video on my Apple TV, using the copy which I had saved to the Camera Roll on my iPhone, because the online version evaporates in 24 hours.

Guessing that few of you would really care to watch me take such a long ride, I used Final Cut Pro to make this times-lapse version — sped up 20 times — and posted it to YouTube:

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I am a solutions-oriented independent multimedia journalist, based in Philadelphia.